Here’s what the world would look like if ccTLD registrations were all that mattered.
What would the world look like if countries were scaled according to registrations of their country code domains?
.UK registry Nominet has published its “The Online World 2019” map (full res version here) that does just this.
The South Pacific island of Tokelau, which has a population of just 1,500, looks the most out of whack. That’s because its .tk domains are given away for free and over 25 million are registered.
A couple of other interesting notes from Nominet:
- 107% year-on-year growth in Guernsey’s country code domain, .gg, largely driven by the video game and eSports community, for whom the initials “gg” is a common abbreviation for the phrase “good game”
- The academic community’s interest in Ascension Island’s .ac, which has seen growth of 130% over the past 12 months, as well as the continued growth of Anguilla’s .ai, supported by the continued rise of Artificial Intelligence technology
By my eye, I’d say the UK and Germany look pretty crazy, showing the success of their country code domains.